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Ok! 3D Printing is fully here. And it is being used in home made firearms. There are lots of articles on what 3D printing is, you can find them at the end of this post. But we shall be showing you pictures of the world’s first 3D printed gun – The Liberator – a gun that you can make at the comfort of your home, and has raised (and will continue to raise legal issues in many countries).

Courtesy of Forbes magazine, Defense Distributed, the company responsible for producing this beauty, showed to us a little disassembly. Enjoy the pictures

Unboxing the Liberator
Unboxing the Liberator

Simple, easy to create. In fact its body can be printed overnight.

Purely plastic
Purely plastic

Fifteen out of sixteen parts of the liberator is made of plastic.

The 3D printer used to design the Liberator
The 3D printer used to design the Liberator

The gun was even printed with a second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST. pictured above. It’s barely the size of a fridge.

The Liberator Teardown
The Liberator Teardown

The only non-plastic part is a common hardware store nail used as the firing pin. DD advises though, that the barrel (white cylinder at the bottom of the picture) be treated with acetone to reduce the bore’s friction.

Testing out the liberator

Defense Distributed first tested its Liberator by pulling its trigger with a long string to avoid unexpected explosions. Caution, eh?

Firing the liberator Cool isn't it?
Firing the liberator
Cool isn’t it?

So, what are your thoughts? Security agencies requested the blueprints posted online by DD be taken off, but hundreds of thousands of copies are already online as we speak. This means that with just a printer, and this blueprint, you can print a gun overnight. Good news, or bad news? Let’s hear your views.


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